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Lessons from the Katy Freeway

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Reducing Congestion - Katy Didn't

ECONOMIC INJUSTICE

TXDOT SAYS: “All alternatives [of the construction project] would cause disproportionate high and adverse impacts to minority or low-income populations. . . . no reasonable alternatives would avoid adverse impacts or have substantially less overall adverse impacts than other alternatives.”

ECONOMIC INJUSTICE - Increased Flooding

MORE CONCRETE,MORE FLOODING

This flooding potential will be exacerbated by development in the woods and prairies to the north of Houston, which development will result from 

TXDOT's I-45 expansion plans.  

The easier (albeit only in the short term) for those in The Woodlands and north to drive downtown, the more people will relocate there and the more development will ensue.  This will eliminate precious land to soak up rain water.  


SUNKEN LANES, PUMPS & FLOODING

The sunken lanes downtown and just north of I-10 will require 

pumps to divert water.  

TXDOT assumes those pumps will not fail.


Moreover, that water must be pumped somewhere.  

TXDOT plans to channel all that water into bayous that are already taxed.  

TXDOT states that Flood Control is on board.  County Judge Hildago made it clear on July 26th that Flood Control has NOT signed off on TXDOT's plan.

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ECONOMIC INJUSTICE - Forced Dislocation

DESTRUCTION OF RESIDENCES

TXDOT will destroy residences (both single and multifamily) in the inner city neighborhoods, resulting in a considerable loss of affordable housing and low rent residences.  Some of the residents' families being displaced have lived in these neighborhoods for generations.  Due to gentrification and the tremendous increase in the cost of inner city property, these displaced residents - many of whom are low income - will have no place to go except out - way out - to places where there is no mass transit and are no services available for low income folks.  

DESTRUCTION OF BUSINESSES & JOBS

There will be a significant loss of tax revenue and business income from the I-45 expansion.

ECONOMIC INJUSTICE - For Those Who "Get" to Stay

MORE NOISE POLLUTION

More lanes mean more vehicles - cars, semis, trucks, etc - mean MORE NOISE POLLUTION. 

MORE DEATHS

Studies have shown that the more lanes a freeway has, the more congestion and the more accidents result.  

Moreover, kids and pedestrians will be at risk of death crossing more lanes

MORE AIR POLLUTION

More lanes mean more vehicles - cars, semis, trucks, etc - mean MORE AIR POLLUTION.